A new chapter of Volkswagen Golf GTI history has begun with the world premiere of the 290 ps Golf GTI TCR Concept, the road version of the racing car of the international TCR series of the same name. It is, for now, a design study but Volkswagen intends to make this GTI vision a reality by the end of 2018.

The design, power and performance of the Golf GTI TCR Concept follow pure sportscar doctrine. The turbocharged engine sends to the front wheels no less than 370 Nm of torque from 1600 rpm through a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) and a locking differential. The top speed of the standard version will be electronically-limited to 250 km/h but this can be increased to 264 km/h by opting to remove the electronic Vmax limiter, making this Golf the fastest GTI of the current model range.

Numerous individual features contribute to the particularly sporty character of the new Volkswagen. The future standard version will leave the Wolfsburg plant with 18-inch Belvedere forged wheels (19-inch wheels will also be available as an option).

Behind the large wheels, there is a high-performance braking system with perforated discs that can decelerate the production car just as effortlessly as the TCR racing car. The top Golf GTI model will also have two extra radiators to ensure sufficient cooling when the engine is running at its hardest.

If required, owners can order a package that pushes the performance even further. Besides removal of the Vmax limiter and the new 19-inch wheels, it includes an even more dynamic sports chassis and the adaptive chassis control (DCC). It adapts to the characteristics of the electrically-adjustable shock absorbers at the touch of a button.

On the inside, the premium sport seats are finished with newly designed microfibre/fabric covers. The door inserts and gear stick cover have also been finished in microfibre. The seat centre sections are in the contrasting colour (Flash Red), which is the bridge to the red contrasting stitching on the sports steering wheel. That is – just like racing – provided with a red 12 o’clock stripe.

The Golf GTI TCR Concept shows what the future standard version will look like. At the front, a newly designed bumper with sharply contoured splitter (front spoiler) identifies the Golf GTI as a TCR version. Also new is the panel attachment on the side which is continued to the rear. Here, they join a diffuser and the exhaust system tailpipes.

In silhouette, the ‘TCR’ lettering above the sills also attracts attention and is optionally customised with an additional decoration in the typical GTI honeycomb design. This Golf will also have a particularly inviting effect when opening the front doors – the TCR logo is then projected on to the asphalt. The stainless steel sill panel trim is personalised by means of a red illuminated element.

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